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We have sailed on four different Princess ships and can’t fault the food, entertainment and service on any of their ships. That includes our recent trip on the Coral Princess. This sailing was part of a Princess Land/Cruise tour that started in Calgary visiting Banff, Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper and a two day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey to Vancouver followed by the seven day (round trip) cruise of the inside passage to Alaska. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip with the exception of one day tour we did in Juneau - we don’t blame Princess Cruises for this - it was our decision to take this particular tour and in hindsight we would have chosen a different activity. As for the cruise component on the Coral Princess, we chose the mini suite C718 on deck 10. When we had previously sailed on the Island Princess (Coral Princess’s sister ship), we had chosen the mini suite C718 on deck 10. So it kind of seemed like coming home when we booked the same cabin on the Coral. Its at the aft of the ship away from the busy areas of the ship affording us a quiet respite from the bustle of the ship. We ate in the Horizon Court for breakfast and for the occasional lunch and found the food to be quite good with plenty variety. On a number of occasions, we grabbed a burger or hotdog for lunch at the Grill. The food there was always cooked well (it was never raw). For dinner, we dined in the main dining room each night. The menus were quite varied each night and we found the food to be excellent quality and the service (from Antoni and Melissa, our wait staff) impeccable. Loved grabbing a good coffee and delicious pastry at the International Cafe - a coffee card is a worthwhile investment. We used the coffee card in the dining room as well for a latte rather than the usual brewed coffee. The entertainment on the cruise was Princess's usual high standard and we enjoyed all the performances by the theatre performers. The stand out shore excursion for us was the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. There was still plenty of snow on the ground at the pass making the scenery that much more spectacluar. The embarkation was somewhat longer than we usually find at other ports but then there were three ships departing that day, so customs/border patrol were busy to say the least. All up it took approximately 2 hours to be processed. But once through the customs/border patrol, the Princess staff ensured the embarkation onto the ship was swift and professional. Disembarkation was a lot swifter and again Princess staff ensured it went smoothly. This land/cruise tour was our dream trip and Princess Cruises did an excellent job. Our land tour director, Pam Schewe and our coach driver, Rob, made that part of the tour thoroughly enjoyable - would travel with them again. Normally I book our flights myself but this time I chose to have our flights booked through Princess EZair. Everything went smoothly right down to booking us an extra post cruise night at the Fairmont Waterfront, as well as transfers to the airport for our homeward flight. I have no hesitation in recommending their land/cruise tours based on our experience. We are now looking for our next cruise with Princess cruises.

Coral Princess, Canada Land Tour and Inside Passage, Alaska - May 2017

Coral Princess Cruise Review by The Budge

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We have sailed on four different Princess ships and can’t fault the food, entertainment and service on any of their ships. That includes our recent trip on the Coral Princess. This sailing was part of a Princess Land/Cruise tour that started in Calgary visiting Banff, Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper and a two day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey to Vancouver followed by the seven day (round trip) cruise of the inside passage to Alaska. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip with the exception of one day tour we did in Juneau - we don’t blame Princess Cruises for this - it was our decision to take this particular tour and in hindsight we would have chosen a different activity.

As for the cruise component on the Coral Princess, we chose the mini suite C718 on deck 10. When we had previously sailed on the Island Princess (Coral Princess’s sister ship), we had chosen the mini suite C718 on deck 10. So it kind of seemed like coming home when we booked the same cabin on the Coral. Its at the aft of the ship away from the busy areas of the ship affording us a quiet respite from the bustle of the ship.

We ate in the Horizon Court for breakfast and for the occasional lunch and found the food to be quite good with plenty variety. On a number of occasions, we grabbed a burger or hotdog for lunch at the Grill. The food there was always cooked well (it was never raw). For dinner, we dined in the main dining room each night. The menus were quite varied each night and we found the food to be excellent quality and the service (from Antoni and Melissa, our wait staff) impeccable. Loved grabbing a good coffee and delicious pastry at the International Cafe - a coffee card is a worthwhile investment. We used the coffee card in the dining room as well for a latte rather than the usual brewed coffee.

The entertainment on the cruise was Princess's usual high standard and we enjoyed all the performances by the theatre performers.

The stand out shore excursion for us was the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. There was still plenty of snow on the ground at the pass making the scenery that much more spectacluar.

The embarkation was somewhat longer than we usually find at other ports but then there were three ships departing that day, so customs/border patrol were busy to say the least. All up it took approximately 2 hours to be processed. But once through the customs/border patrol, the Princess staff ensured the embarkation onto the ship was swift and professional.

Disembarkation was a lot swifter and again Princess staff ensured it went smoothly.

This land/cruise tour was our dream trip and Princess Cruises did an excellent job. Our land tour director, Pam Schewe and our coach driver, Rob, made that part of the tour thoroughly enjoyable - would travel with them again. Normally I book our flights myself but this time I chose to have our flights booked through Princess EZair. Everything went smoothly right down to booking us an extra post cruise night at the Fairmont Waterfront, as well as transfers to the airport for our homeward flight. I have no hesitation in recommending their land/cruise tours based on our experience. We are now looking for our next cruise with Princess cruises.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MD C718
Our cabin steward, Morris, was extremely friendly and always kept our cabin in top condition. The cabin, itself, was in good condition and being a mini suite we had loads of room with a separate sitting area, large bathroom (shower over bath), plenty of wardrobe room and a good size balcony to relax on.
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